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1/22/2018

Two teachers-turned-astronauts plan to carry out four lessons that teacher Christa McAuliffe planned to lead in space before she was killed in the 1986 explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The lessons will be conducted by Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold, filmed and posted online by the Challenger Center, which supports science, technology, engineering and math education.

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The Associated Press
1/22/2018

Apple has announced a significant investment in the Malala Fund, a charity that helps to educate girls worldwide. The investment will help the fund double its efforts and expand into new countries, according to the announcement.

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9to5Mac, TechCrunch, USA Today
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Malala Fund, Apple Inc.
1/22/2018

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said if he had children he would not allow them to use social media. Cook made the remarks before students in the UK and added that "I'm not a person that says we've achieved success if you're using [technology] all the time."

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Tim Cook, social media, Apple Inc.
1/19/2018

School leaders often make decisions about filtering internet content in schools, and defining how and what to filter is a good first step, says Mike Jamerson, director of technology at Indiana's Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Jamerson and others offer best practices for filtering.

1/18/2018

Citizen-science projects -- those that involve the public in collecting data -- sometimes involve students, a trend that can help offer new perspectives, asserts Petra Siegele of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy in Vienna, Austria. Agencies such as NASA and California's Crystal Cove State Park have tapped students for data collection.

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Science News
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1/18/2018

Despite the growth in data technology, only 12% of college and university presidents in 2017 said evidence and institutional research are among their top five priorities, according to the American Council on Education's Center for Policy Research and Strategy. The report's authors say data and analytics have helped some institutions improve student outcomes and business models.

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Campus Technology
1/18/2018

College and university fundraisers can improve their success by using data and analytics technology to better identify potential donors, writes Caryn Stein, vice president of marketing at Ruffalo Noel Levitz. The use of such data can save time, Stein notes in this commentary, but it also can help gift officers personalize their approach and prioritize who to visit.

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Noel Levitz
1/17/2018

Some college professors and K-12 educators in Ohio are integrating cutting-edge technology in classroom lessons. Among them are high-school teacher David Kaser, whose students are using virtual-reality headsets in the classroom.

1/17/2018

A brain-mapping exercise helps to explain why some people are creative -- and others are not as creative -- suggests Roger Beaty, a postdoctoral fellow in cognitive neuroscience at Harvard University. In this commentary, Beaty, who led the study, explains what makes some people more creative than others.

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The Conversation (US)
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Harvard University
1/16/2018

Establishing virtual-learning programs in a rural community can be challenging, asserts Gerry Goyette, principal at Sutton Middle School in Massachusetts. In this blog post, Goyette shares four ways the school established an effective virtual program.

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